Continuing on in the Fish
Seems there is enough here to make some Crab Hammers
Crab hammers are great for
Dungeness and Red Rock Crab.
The also work well for King Crab legs.
Granted these are a little large, but what the heck.
The hammers are made
from maple - lots of that in this part of the country.
I have a number of
chunks big enough for a 2" diameter hammer.
These little chucks you
drive into the wood work well for smaller projects.
It takes only a few
minutes to turn this down.
One of the problems with
this wood is that some of it is spalted, some just
turning pithy and some of it is hard.
I went down to Harbor Freight and picked up some large sanding belts.
I cut them into strips and this strip is glued on to wood to help sand
I use a band saw to even up the block since this isn't exactly a
I am making two more cuts angled at 45 degrees in order to end up with
a nice striking edge for the really tough crab legs.
The stained areas are CA glue. I use it on the knots to keep
them from falling out
and on the pithy areas to harden them up.
I figure a 3/4" hole tapering up to 1" for the handle will make the end
appear uniform enough. I couldn't figure a way to clamp this
so I held it by
hand, drilling slowly.
handle is going to turn down quickly. It looks like I will
need to use a little
care because I think I see some bug holes.
Yup, there are bug holes. I penciled in some grips,
the shape of the end
and tapered the handle from 3/4" to 1".
This looks about right.
Sawdust and superglue fill the bug holes.
Looks pretty good sanded down.
I used good old Elmer's wood glue to connect the pieces.
Tung oil really brings out the color in maple. Some
of the shiny stuff on
the left mallet head appears to be a bit of Curly
maple or somehing.
I was able to leave a bit of bark on the handle, which looks pretty
They ended up looking pretty good. Some of the wood
still looks a little
green so these will sit a while, like till next Christmas.
Carol, Crab Hammers and Mayrland Blue Crab.